Now that FIFA 13 has been released, gamers will immerse themselves into the soccer video game for the next couple weeks. While there's no shortage of teams and players to choose from, a couple sides are likely to become a lot more popular than others.
The main reason being star players. Everybody likes playing with one of the most dynamic goal scorers on the planet for obvious reasons. The fact most of them play for top clubs, including the three discussed below, certainly doesn't hurt, either.
Which of these players are you most excited to use?
The game's cover athlete, Messi and his Barcelona teammates are set to wreak havoc again. No player can match the Argentine star's combination of quickness, agility and offensive instincts, which make him nearly unstoppable in the game.
What makes Messi such a great player to use is his ability to make something out of nothing. He can gain possession around midfield and weave his way through the defense to create a great scoring chance, something he's done quite a bit in the real world, as well.
It's no surprise that the most entertaining player to watch on a weekly basis is also the best to use in FIFA. He's just on a different level, no matter what angle you look at it from.
Any time somebody mentions Messi, it's only a matter of time before Ronaldo joins the conversation. The two are linked not only as La Liga scoring rivals, but also in the yearly race to get named player of the year.
Whenever a player can score 46 goals in 38 games against elite competition, like Ronaldo did in league play last season, you know they are going to be awesome in FIFA. Few, if any, players have a better finishing touch than No. 7 on Real Madrid.
Since Los Blancos have so many talented midfielders, the task of working the ball to Ronaldo should be pretty simple, and he'll have no problem taking care of the rest.
Robin van Persie
Arsenal fans will probably avoid van Persie like the plague when it comes to FIFA 13, but other gamers will probably cherish the opportunity of getting to use the Manchester United's new acquisition. He fits in well with the Old Trafford squad.
Like Ronaldo, van Persie has made a name for himself by scoring goals at an eye-popping rate, and that's one thing that always transfers over well to video games. When a player has a nose for goal, the creators usually do a nice job of replicating it.
The Red Devils are destined to become one of the game's most used teams once again, and the presence of van Persie will make them a more appealing choice than they already were.